MANILA – In what could be the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases in the country, the Department of Health reported 272 news cases on Saturday (28 March 2020) as PH breached the 1,000 mark of coronavirus patients.
The spike in COVID-19 cases brought the total number of coronavirus infections in PH to 1,075.
The DOH also reported that 14 more patients died from the disease, raising the number of virus-related fatalities to 68.
Meanwhile, four (4) patients accordingly recovered, which brought the number of recovered patients from coronavirus in the country to 35.
Also Saturday, Metro Manila Development Authority General Manager Jojo Garcia said he had contracted the virus.
He is now undergoing self-quarantine and so with MMDA Spokeswoman Celine Pialago.
President Rodrigo Duterte, who celebrated his 75th birthday Saturday, placed the entire island of Luzon under a total lockdown last March 16 and declared a state of calamity in the Philippines amid the rising cases of coronavirus in the country.
Schedule of lockdown in Luzon is up until April 12 while Metro Manila will be until April 14, unless otherwise extended officials said depending on the status of the outbreak.
Worldwide, there are now 600,859 COVID-19 cases with the United States on top with 104,671 cases followed by Italy 86,498 cases and China, 81,394 in the Top 3 order. (ia/sovereignph.com)